"Rowdy" Roddy Piper was my childhood hero. The greatest wrestling bad guy of all time. No one could talk like he did. And he always backed it up. He was one of the first wrestlers to transition into Hollywood. He was in over 50 films in his life, many of which have become cult classics. Here in my opinion are his top 5 films.
5) Body Slam: Piper's 1st film. Harry Similac (Dirk Benedict) is a music promoter who must scramble to stay out of debt in this slapstick comedy. He hits upon the idea of becoming a wrestling promoter and steals Rick Roberts (Roddy Piper) from his former manager Captain Lou Milano (Lou Albano). He books his rock band Kick at the match and creates a new phenomena that combines wrestling with rock n' roll. Charles Nelson Reilly, Billy Barty, and John Astin provide memorable comedy relief. Cameo appearances by wrestlers Ric Flair, Afa & Sika, Sheik Adnan Al Kaissy, Freddie Blassie, and Bruno Sammartino add further realism to this feature that recalls the rock-and-wrestling spectaculars of the early 1980s.
4) Tough and Deadly: Elmo Freech (Roddy Piper) is a private investigator and is contracted by John Portland (Billy Blanks) a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big fishes of the CIA and from Washington.
3) Immortal Combat: L.A. cop John Keller (Roddy Piper) is hot-headed and has a problem with authority, while his Japanesse partner J.J. (Sonny China) uses karate as a weapon. When their partner is killed working undercover at a party, John takes a hunch that leads him to an island where a corporation is using an ancient formula to make indestructable warriors. Together they must find the killer and put an end to the indestructable warriors.
2) Back in Action: This is a very close second. Rowdy Roddy Piper plays Frank Rossi a hard-bitten L.A. detective whose partner is murdered by drug dealers. To bring the villains to justice, he teams up with Billy (Billy Blanks) a former soldier and martial artist whose sister has fallen in with the drug lords.
1) They Live: No Shock here. Nada (Roddy Piper), a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.